S: 2012 ... How I Spent My Summer Vacation ... Last Leg of OCLP.it (the ITALY portion!)
BC: DEPARTED | FCO - JFK - SEA | " Travel is glamorous only in retrospect." - Paul Theroux | AUG 22, 2012 | OCLP.it - From London to Paris and all through Italy ... What a blast this journey has been .... Ciao Italia
FC: I T A L I A 2 0 1 2 | TreviFountain PiazzaNavona VaticanCity Colosseo Pantheon | PiazzaSanMarcoRialtoBridge SanGiorgioMaggiore Murano | CinqueTerre Vernazza Corniglia Manorola ViaDelAmore | Duoma GiottosBellTower Bargello Michelangelo Lucca | Venezia | Firenze | San Gimignano | Via del Amore | Fair Verona | Roma | Tuscana
1: VENEZIA | ITALIA | ARRIVED 15 AUG 2012 | also known as the Queen of the Adriatic, La Serenissima, City of Bridges and canals, never fails to fascinate! Arthur Symons, a British poet once said "A realist, in Venice would become a romantic, by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him."
2: Leg 3 of OCLP started with an overnight train in a 6 person couchette from Paris, France to Venice, Italy. All six of us crammed ourselves and all our bags in the rail car and hunkered down for a tight 14 hour journey. We started with a sack dinner purchased at the train station in Paris, followed that with some booze and laughter and ended with a very poor night of rest. But no matter, at the end of the tracks . . . VENICE!!! | Paris Gare Lyon -> Venezia S Lucia Train #221/Coach #097 | august 15, 2012 | Italian | Benvenuti in Italia
3: Casa Gerotto Campo San Geremia, 283 30121 Venezia, Italia
4: Rialto | Bridge
6: The entrance to Venice from the station is one of the most dramatic of any city. You have no waiting to see this places highlight. Once step out of the train station and you see it ... the Grand Canal, the waterways, the bridges. In an instant you know where you are and you are immediately gratified. | Gondolas | 1st stop - Venice
7: i love this man | St. Mark's | Piazza | Basilica | Venice is . . . . romantic and dramatic and lovely
12: shopping day | coffee | journals | Shoes
13: VENICE, ITALY | August 15 | “Getting lost is the only place worth going to.” Tiziano Scarpa
15: From Venice with Love
16: ... we then headed straight to Trattoria Vittoria which is right next to Casa Gerotto and one of our Venezian faves, for an early dinner. The old man working there remembered Christina and was just as attentive as ever. He suggested meals for us which we accepted and enjoyed. There was also a young man who waited on us. After eating we pulled out our new stationary and our ink pens and poured our hearts out to Juliet on paper, to leave in the courtyard of her home in Verona. The restaurant was closing to siesta before dinnertime, but we were not done with out letters. They set up a table for us outside so we could finish. We looked so funny sitting outside, both behind the table writing out our cards. It looked like a book signing. Just minutes after the "owner" and crew had left, the nice young waiter came back in "civilian" clothes claiming to have left his glasses at work. He talked to us for a bit before asking us to come back that evening for dinner. We didn't promise anything, but said that we may see him later. After a few more minutes a man and his son came up and talked to us. The boy was going to school in New York and they were excited that we were American. They mentioned that Christina looked Italian and that we were both beautiful and the mother and father wanted their boy to get his picture taken with us. Funny Italian boys! We finished out letters and read them to one another. Then we headed out again taking pictures and stopping to shop. Oh how I love Venice!!!
17: Letters to Juliet
19: Piazza San Marco
20: i | venice
21: "If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you've imagined. Venice is . . . Venice is better."
22: SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE | With gelato in hand, Christina and I boarded the vaporetto that would take us over to San Giorgio so we could climb the tower of the church there and get a good view back on St. Marks square. It took no time at all before we were at the first stop and before we could answer the question to whether or not this was our stop the boat took off again. We went to the 3rd stop before jumping off and catching the next vaporetto going back.
24: Cruising the Grand Canal | Venice | As soon as you step off that train and out of the station you are dazzled by the wonders of
25: Venice. The Grand Canal greets you like an old friend, each bridge and alley a sister!
26: Ciao Venice | We all woke up together this morning at 6am sharp as Chea's phone rang out the "Good Morning" song. Rene' shared that they took back the night and made the end of their stay in Venice memorable. We were all ready right on time and we headed off to Piazzale Roma to Hertz and we picked up our rental Fiat' and Fiesta. We hopped in our italian rigs and headed out on the italian highways. CRAZY driving in Italy. Verona here we come -> | Italy | Venice | Verona | Vernazza
27: August 16 | Addio venezia, e stato dolce. fino al
28: Welcome to | FairVerona
29: Romeo: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the East and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief that thou, her maid, art far more fair than she. Juliet: O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny they father and refuse they name; Or if thy wilt not, be but sworn my love and I'll no longer be a Capulet. | thus with a kiss, i die!
32: Locanda Valeria
33: Cinque Terre
35: Under the Tuscan Sun
36: What a wonderful day spent in the Cinque Terre! Rene', Martin, and I took the train and hiked, and checked out a few towns. We had amazing food and breath-taking views.
38: Cinque Terre The five villages - Monterosso - Vernazza - Corniglia - Manarola - Riomaggiore
39: Via Del Amore | Italian Riviera
40: MANAROLA | cinque terre | 16 AUG 2012
41: MANAROLA MARINA Martin, Rene', and I hiked from Riomaggiore to Manarola by way of the Via Del Amore. We stopped for pictures along the way. Once we arrived in Manarola the sun was just beginning it's decent. We went to the marina and tested out the water temp. It was perfect. We stayed in town and dined at a cliff side trattoria, getting front row seats to the amazing God given show stopper. The glorious sunset into the Ligurian Sea.
46: Good Morning | 17 Aug 2012
47: Italian Breakfast | Locanda Valeria
48: Lucca | 17.08.2012
49: Lucca | It. | Christina and I set out on our own in a little Fiat to take on the day. Winding and winding we made our way from our quaint little hotel to LaSpezia onto the autostade and finally into Lucca. We rented ourselves bicylettes by the hour, and we were off, riding around the city wall. It was not so much looking like a wall . . . more like up on a little hill that circled the town. We made two turns about the city. It was a hot day, but with the breeze from riding, it was nice!
50: August 17, 2012 | Leaning Tower of Pisa & The Field of Miracles
52: Firenze | Italy
55: When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls! ~Ted Grant
56: "Great things always present great difficulties in their execution, & this particular one is especially hard to solve; however, I will say, that if the work is entrusted to me, I resolutely set myself to find a means of vaulting it." - Brunelleschi
57: Views from/of the Duomo
59: Firenze, Italy
62: Italy | Paris | Hotel Il Granduca - Via Capponi Pier 13 | . . . . I just don't remember it being this orange . . . | Driving into Florence was CRAZY!!! But we finally found our hotel. | Florence
63: "In the distant plain lay Florence, pink & gray & brown, with the rusty huge dome of the cathedral dominating its centre like a captive balloon." - Mark Twain
64: "Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life." --Anna Akhmatova | Ponte Vecchio
67: Ponte Vecchio - The Old Bridge
68: Palazzo | Vecchio
69: Bargello Museum : Rape of the Sabine Woman, Ocean By Giambologna, Fishing boy by Vincenzo Gemito, David by Verrocchio, Donatello's David. Jacopo Sansovino's Bacco . . . and many other amazing peices make up my favorite museum in all of Italy!
70: Accademia | FLORENCE | "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." - Michelangelo
71: Michelangelo's DAVID | "It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand" - Michelangelo
72: The Frenzied City | We had a busy day in the frenzied city. We walked up to Piazzale Michelangelo for gorgeous views of the city. We walked over the Ponte Vecchio and into the Piazza Vecchio. We visited the Bargello and had a wonderful rest over lunch in a nice cool pizzeria, where we caught up on some journaling before heading off to see David. | firstname.lastname@example.org
73: We headed off toward the Accademia for our 5pm date with David. As we walked the street I started to get nervous. I had butterflies in my tummy! It has been 8 years since I've seen the man and all of a sudden I am acting like a school girl. We retrieved our tickets and entered the building that was specifically built to house this one work of art. This one statue that no other statue will ever come close to out-shining. My nerves and I entered the room and I closed my eyes as I was led to stand facing David. | A Date With David | I opened my eyes and was not disappointed. Miraculous! We spent over an hour starring at this beautiful creation of Michelangelo's. | A woman and her husband sat next to me and we started a conversation. They were Lebanese and so sweet. We talked 1/2 an hour and got our picture together and exchanged email addresses.
77: San Gimignano
78: All roads lead to Rome | Our Roman Holiday
81: August 20, 2012
82: Inger of Michigan
84: The Vatican Museum | Laocoon and His Sons | ..
85: Belvedere Torso
86: "A man paints with his brains and not with his hands."- Michelangelo
87: Michelangelo's Pieta | ,
89: St. Peter's Basilica and Square
91: Amphitheatrum Flavium | The Colosseum
93: We met at the green news stand right outside of the Colosseo metro stop for our Ancient and Old Rome tour. What luck! We got Nicole as our guide. Not that we have ever had a bad Enjoy Rome guide, but Nicole was so knowledgeable. His English was excellent. But most of all he was Italian dreamy. Our very own roman George Clooney! | This is understood
94: the Coliseum, originally the Amphitheatrum Flavium, the largest amphitheatre in the world, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, built of concrete and stone. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.
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98: Martin at the Colosseum | August 20, 2012
100: ROMAN FORUM is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum.
102: Rome, Italy | Centro
103: Rene' and Martin Just hanging out in the Roman Forum
104: HOT HOT HOT!!! Our visit to Rome happened to fall in the midst of an uncommonly hot summer. This heat wave had us traipsing all over this unshaded city in 100 degree weather.
106: Our tour group consisted of our adorable guide, Nicole, the 6 of us, 2 young girls, and 2 Jews. We walked ALL OVER ROMA! | When in Roma do as the Romans do!
107: Pantheon | Altare della Patria Oculus Roman Fountain Mussolini Balcony
108: The | Trevi Fountain
111: Piazza Navona
113: Piazza Navona - in the center stands the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers (1651) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, topped by the Obelisk of Domitian, brought here in pieces from the Circus of Maxentius
115: Beer | Beer | i | pizza
116: 8.21.12 - Last day of our trip was a busy one. Lots to see and do and just 24 hours to do it in.
117: Upon arrival into Rome we found that we were there during some sort of holiday week and many of the metro stops were closed. Just so happens those were the stops we were to use. We walked a lot and took a number of taxi's.
118: Borghese Gallery
119: Lorenzo Bernini - Apollo and Daphne (1622–25)
120: Castel Sant'Angelo
122: Our days are identical suitcases - all the same size - but some can pack more into them than others
124: Capitoline Hill
125: We climbed Capitoline Hill and got some beautiful views over the forum.
126: No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film. ~Robert Adams
127: Making the | most of our | last day.
128: Legend has it, if you give it a lie and you put your hand in there, it'll be bitten off ... Let's see you do it Let's see YOU do it!!! | The Mouth of Truth
129: "Joe Bradley: Tell you what. Why don't we do all those things, together? Princess Ann: But don't you have to work? Joe Bradley: Work? No. Today's gonna be a holiday. Princess Ann: But you want to do a lot of silly things? Joe Bradley: [He takes her hand] ... First wish? One sidewalk cafe, comin' right up. I know just the place. Rocca's." Roman Holiday
131: Circus Maximus
132: Coffee & Desserts
133: coffee & desserts | Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed; chocolate makes it worthwhile
134: Roam if you want to
135: St. Peter in Chains | Michelangelo's Moses
139: S | S | S | S | t | p | a | n | i | h | e | p
142: views from | ROMA
144: X | Late in the day we stumbled across the little Sicilian restaurant that Christina and I have visited every last night in Rome. We were so excited! We went in for dessert. | The old man that works there was excited to see us too! He grabbed Christina in a tight embrace and before we left he took my face in his hands and kissed me several times right on the lips!
145: Como e' bella ce' la luna brille e' strette Strette como e' tutta bella a passeggiare Sotto il cielo di Roma Down each avenue or via, street or strata You can see 'em disappearin' two by two On an evenin' in Roma Do they take 'em for espresso, yeah, I guess soOn each lover's arm a girl, I wish I knew On an evenin' in Roma Though there's grinin' and mandolinin' in sunny Italy The beginning has just begunWhen the sun goes down So please meet me in the plaza near your casaI am only one and one is much too few On an evenin' in Roma Don't know what the country's comin' toBut in Rome do as the Romans doWill you on an evenin' in Roma?
146: Farewell Italia... until next time....